Sweet Blindness

Album: Stoned Soul Picnic (1969)
Charted: 13
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Songfacts®:

  • This is another one of the 5th Dimension's hits that was written and originally performed by Laura Nyro. When she sang it in concert, Nyro would introduce it as "A little drinking song I wrote."
  • The 5th Dimension sang an abridged version of this song with Frank Sinatra on one of his television specials in the 1960's. Marilyn and Florence looked right at Sinatra and smiled during the line "You're a good lookin' riverboat." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Ken - Louisville, KY, for above 2
  • Canadian jazz singer Holly Cole recorded this for the tribute album Time and Love: The Music of Laura Nyro.

Comments: 10

  • Brian R from OhioIf Daddy don't believe in the gin mill spirit, why does he have a grapevine and makes wine?
  • Robert Jagman from ConnecticutThe video was shot in France. That is an antique Renault they are riding in as well as the car behind them. The cars on their side in traffic are all French Citroen, Renault, Peugeot. I came here hoping to find out the story behind why that shot it apparently in the South of France based on the view. Maybe they were visiting the Rolling Stones?
  • AnonymousThere is a video that goes with the song - The performers are riding in an antique car in a parade, while singing the tune. You can find this on YouTube and lots of other places. Does anyone know where this was filmed her the story behind that video?
  • Richard from ArizonaI Loved this song from the minute I first heard it, The fifth dimension were a fantastic, group and they really sang well together. Terrific song.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhSuch a beautiful blending of voices on this song. At times it sounds spiritual. I had several Fifth Dimension albums while growing up and well remember the song; these days I have it on my iPod. 5th Dimension tunes stand the test of time, still great to hear. Truly can't say enough good stuff about them. Perhaps some looked down on this song because female voices are espousing the pleasures of imbibing. When the male voice brags about drinkin' lots o' liquor, it is seen as no big deal and a right of passage; the old double standard. Still, the song is a fun, upbeat tune.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn October 20th 1968, the 5th Dimension performed "Sweet Blindness" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show"...
    Just under a month earlier on September 22nd it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #89; and six weeks later on November 3rd, 1968 it peaked at #13 {for 1 week} and spent 10 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #45 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Between 1967 and 1976 the quintet had thirty Top 100 records; with seven making the Top 10 and two reaching #1 {"Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In" for 6 weeks in 1969 and "Wedding Bell Blues" for 3 weeks, also in 1969}...
    They just missed having a third #1 record when "One Less Bell to Answer" peaked at #2 {for 2 weeks} in 1970, the record that kept it out of the top spot was "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison...
    Original group member Ron Townson passed away on August 2nd, 2001 at the young age of 68...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Staley from Dallas, Tx@David in Massachusetts: I suppose you could be right, though Texas radio isn't different from that in other states, and I have been elsewhere besides.
  • David from Lynn, Massachusetts, Ma@Staley in Dallas. Maybe you never heard it on the radio because you live in Texas.
  • Laurel from San Francisco, CaI heard the song today for the first time on the Cousin Brucie Show on Sirius Radio. But, I never had heard it before. I did not know it existed. It really is a lost song. I could not understand at first what she was singing about. Then I realized like halfway into the song, she means drinking yourself blind. The follow up song in about 20 years would be One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.
  • Staley from Dallas, TxThis is like the "Lost" 5th Dimension single. It's easy to get on CDs, but I've never once heard it on the radio, presumably because it's ostensibly about teenage drinking.
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